Who Are The 15% Of Americans That Don’t Use The Internet?


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For many of us, it is easy to think that everyone has access to and uses the internet.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  Thankfully, a Pew Research Center survey helps identify which demographic variables, including age, educational attainment, household income, race and ethnicity, and community type, are associated with a lack of internet use…. Read more »

Coaching + Activity Tracker = 86% Motivated To Be Active


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Cigna recently released the results from a March 2014 controlled trial designed to study the impact health coaching and activity tracking can have on health.  According to the randomized control trial of patients who were pre-diabetic and morbidly obese, 86% of people who received health coaching and tracked their health with a device were motivated… Read more »

Study: Happy Employees Are 12% More Productive


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New research from the University of Warwick suggests that happiness makes employees more productive at work.  12% more productive to be exact, and unhappy employees proved to be 10% less productive.  The research team of economists put it best, “We find that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity. Positive emotions appear… Read more »

21% Of U.S. Online Adults Use Wearable Device, 36% Use Fitbit


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No one questions the explosive adoption of wearable devices across the U.S.  We see it through ourselves, our friends, and our colleagues.  We also see it in numerous bodies of research, including a new report from Forrester that provides granular data on wearable adoption by age groups and market share by device. According to the… Read more »

Survey: 65% Of Millennials Think Fitness Tracking Is Important


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According to a survey commissioned by Technogym, 65% of millennials think fitness tracking is important.  The survey of 5,000 millennials from 14 to 34 years of age revealed that despite being keenly aware of the link between exercise and wellness, nearly three-quarters of millennials still struggle to find time to exercise.  This explains why fitness… Read more »

Study: A Text Message A Day May Keep The Doctor Away


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A new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that regular reminders (sent via text messaging) to do things like eat right, exercise more, and smoke less may help individuals make lifestyle changes linked to a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes.  Researchers sent four texts a week to… Read more »

Analysis: 12% Of Health Apps Make Up 90% Of Downloads


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A new report from the IMS Institute For Healthcare sheds light onto the state of affairs for the mHealth industry.  Below are a few highlights that we thought were particularly interesting and our thoughts on what they mean for corporate wellness. 12% of health apps make up 90% of downloads There are 165,000 apps from… Read more »

Time Spent In Apps Surpasses Watching TV For U.S. Consumers


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A new report from Flurry highlights that “apps now reign supreme as the top media channel in the United States, even without the help of the mobile browser.”  For the first time ever, the time U.S. consumers spend inside apps exceeded the time they spent watching TV.  According to the company’s data, the average U.S. consumer is… Read more »

Should Eye Exams Replace Biometric Screenings?


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A study revealed that employers who offer their employees stand-alone vision benefits experienced $5.8 billion in cost savings over four years due to lower healthcare costs, higher productivity, and improved retention.  According to the study, which drew from 120,000 enrolled members from six large commercial clients of HCMS and VSP Vision Care, individuals who receive… Read more »

CDC Study: BMI Is Incorrect Indicator For 18% Of The U.S.


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A recent New York Times article provides specific numbers about the accuracy of a controversial metric often used to determine the health of an individual – body mass index (BMI).  BMI is a value derived from the mass (weight) and height of an individual, and in many wellness programs, it is captured through a biometric… Read more »